Getting set up
It's a great idea to set up for your new pet before adopting. Set up by putting your cat's items in a quiet room and make sure no other pets can access the space.
Your new cat will need:
- Food and water bowls
- A litter tray (two would be best)
- Warm bedding
- A scratching post
- High-quality food
- A breakaway collar with an engraved tag
You can get all of this and more from our Pet Shop at AWL.
Once they're home, keep your new cat's room closed off for the first week to help them slowly settle in before exploring the rest of the house.
Once you've met and adopted your fur-baby, take them straight home and don't make any stops along the way. Travelling is stressful for cats, so the sooner they're home, the happier they'll be.
If you can, try adopting when you've got a few days off to spend with your new kitty to help them settle in.
On the first day and night, your cat will likely want some quiet time to explore their new room alone. Sitting quietly and reading a book or watching some TV are great cat-friendly bonding activities.
As your cat starts to feel more confident, you can gradually expand their living area to the rest of the house. Just remember to take it at your cat's pace.
You can also leave your cat alone for small amounts of time to help them learn that when you go, you will come back.
Avoid having visitors or guests come over to meet your new cat for at least the first week.